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post #1 of 11
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From what I saw this is the best place to put this thread so please correct me if I’m wrong.

 

In September I plan on picking everything up and moving west. Not necessarily looking for the true ski bum ‘living in a van down by the river” lifestyle, but I’m also not against working a measly job near a resort. My question for yall is where would you suggest a young guy could move that includes a great lifestyle and great slopes nearby?

 

Right now I have some ideal opportunities in Bozeman and Crested Butte.  I am also looking at SLC.  Anything is appreciated guys, the skies pretty much the limit.

post #2 of 11

Those are two good choices to start with that get a lot of love around here.  One is a small city with skiing nearby, the other is a small town that is slopeside or nearly slopeside.  Bozeman may have a more diversified economy and jobs and good size college very nearby.  Crested Butte more classic ski town environment and somewhat isolated with primarily seasonal resort based economy, although there is a small college ~20 miles away in Gunnison.  Are you a city or town person? 

I think you would get your share of excellent skiing at either one.

post #3 of 11
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I grew up as a farmer in PA but I want to try living in a bigger city once in my life. I just got a biochem degree and really want to move west. I was looking at Mt. Baker area so I could also go up to BC but the only available jobs I've found are south of Seattle. I'm gonna start looking at the possibilities of Santa Fe as well.

post #4 of 11

You thought about Denver at all? We are just a little over an hour from Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper...drive another 20 minutes and you have Vail and Beaver Creek. Tons of opportunities in Denver.

 

Denver is also a "little" big city. You can get anywhere in 30 minutes (depending on traffic which CAN be bad at times).

 

We did the same thing you are thinking about. Wife lost her job three years ago...knew I had always wanted to move west...so we did it. I did find a job first before coming out though. We had to sell the house, etc. We are bit older than you too  (early 40s).

 

Go for it...you only live life once...make it count.

post #5 of 11

I'm 26, my wife 25, and we have a daughter that'll be 3 next month.

 

We're both very jealous of you, all the best wishes for a successful move!

post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by berlinbomber View Post

 I'm gonna start looking at the possibilities of Santa Fe as well.

 Check out whether Los Alamos National Lab has vacancies for biochem majors.  Closer to Taos, and in fact has highly regarded little community ski area very close by.  If you don't get caught in a nuclear meltdown Los Alamos is a beautiful spot.  biggrin.gif  And Taos is da bomb.duck.gif

post #7 of 11

I've toyed with the same idea -- usually right around now, every ski season, when I ask myself, "how can I live my life so I can ski more??"   In any case, here's an out-of-the-box area:  Boise, Idaho, and it's smaller surrounding cities, Nampa and Meridian.  The greater Boise area is often in the top ten of financial magazines as one of the most growing, best cities to live in in the United States.  Cost of living is low, job opportunities are there, and the weather isn't too bad in either direction.  Bogus Basin has very progressive season pass pricing (read:  cheap), and world-class skiing beyond that is just a road-trip away, just like Yellowstone National Park is.  There are really only three (3) major metropolitan areas that are near skiing in the Rockies (near meaning under two hours):  Salt Lake City, Denver, and Boise.   Nice thing about "major metropolitan" is.... jobs. And if you're into dirt bikes, you can head the opposite direction of the mountains, out into the desert, for limitless riding.    I certainly wouldn't call Bogus Basin the equal of the Summit County, Colorado destinations, but its nowhere near as far, either.  If there's a dump, you can jump in your car on a whim and be there in no time.  Salt Lake City has that advantage over Denver, too, but in Idaho you won't have to contend with near-beer, for starters, lol.

 

All that said, never been to Boise.  They tell me it's nice.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Spaceace414 View Post

You thought about Denver at all? 

 

Definitely! Applied to a couple of positions in Englewood...waiting and praying. I actually know those resorts the best (I was on team Breck mogul squad). 

 

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

 Check out whether Los Alamos National Lab has vacancies for biochem majors.  Closer to Taos, and in fact has highly regarded little community ski area very close by.  If you don't get caught in a nuclear meltdown Los Alamos is a beautiful spot.  biggrin.gif  And Taos is da bomb.duck.gif

 

Lol. You have my attention. I've only been to Taos once and it was incredible hence why I'm looking. I'm gonna check out that lab ASAP!

 

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We're both very jealous of you, all the best wishes for a successful move!

Thanks a bunch!! I'm super excited. I'm 22 and don't have any true responsibilities. The only reason I'm not moving now is I'm picking up firefighting certifications that are great for the resume.  

 

 

P.S. The job in Bozeman is attractive since it's the evening shift meaning all day skiing everyday and season passes are cheap for Big Sky. 

post #9 of 11

There have been a zillion threads on this topic so you might search out some of them for more info. I have direct experience with many of the places you are considering, meaning I have lived there.  Boise - great, great city, tons of outdoor recreation opportunities.  Bogus Basin is actually very large in terms of acreage and has decent vertical. Has some snow problems sometimes.  A few hours to Sun Valley and Brundage.  Santa Fe - nice city, but growth and crime have changed it a lot in the last 10 years.  Ski Santa Fe is a small but very fun mountain at VERY high altitude (base over 10000 ft).  It is sometimes a bit snow challenged. A couple hours to Taos and Pajarito (Los Alamos). Denver - sucks. Sorry but in my opinion it is too crowded, too much traffic and bad air. Maybe it is sometimes an hour or so to the Summit County resorts but sometimes it is three hours and you never really know when that will be. SLC - alright, not as crowded or as bad traffic as Denver but even worse air quality. Closer to major skiing though and a good economy. No passes to speak of or tunnels between you and skiing. Crested Butte - very small and isolated, COLD, is often snow challenged. Great town though and great mountain. Bozeman - nice mid sized city with a decent sized college, decent economy, great skiing nearby.

post #10 of 11

Spokane, Washington / Coeur d' Alene, Idaho would be another area worth looking at. C d'A would be my personal choice. They nearly run together and are more a regional center than 2 towns. Spokane has been the regional economic center for a long time sort of like Boise down South.  5 very decent of ski areas within 1 hour, with fairly dependable snow.  Enough AG stuff in the area that might let you use your degree.  Big enough market area for jobs.  A number of collages in the area with a number of farmers daughters in attendance. Lots of non skiing outdoors stuff available in the area.  Living expenses are fairly reasonable.  Southeastern BC (Red Mt, Whitewater, Fernie) are within a couple of hours.  A nice region.  

 

Enjoy your choice wherever it may be.  It truly is all good.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by berlinbomber View Post

I grew up as a farmer in PA but I want to try living in a bigger city once in my life. I just got a biochem degree and really want to move west. I was looking at Mt. Baker area so I could also go up to BC but the only available jobs I've found are south of Seattle. I'm gonna start looking at the possibilities of Santa Fe as well.


You want to live in a bigger city and you are looking for jobs utilizing your biochem degree.  Some people have not really read your post carefully.

 

If you can't find jobs anywhere but south of Seattle, then why not go there?  Crystal Mountain is the biggest ski area in WA, has lots of fantastic terrain, and is situated south of Seattle.  Baker is great, but small.  Its reputation has been built so large because it's remote, has a lot of expert terrain compared to its size, and it gets more snow than anybody else.  Unless all you want is new snow and smaller weekend crowds, you won't loose anything by skiing Crystal.

 

Edit:

I'm surprised that you can't find work in Seattle since there is a huge amount of medical research going on there.  What kinds of jobs are you looking for?


Edited by Posaune - 2/9/13 at 10:03am
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